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Bethel University Library

HIS307 The American Civil War Research Guide

Resources for conducting research to create a profile of a Civil War participant

Conducting research to create a profile of a Civil War participant

To help you locate information on your Civil War participant, let's follow the process of conducting research on a sample Civil War participant:

Esther Hill Hawks (1833-1906), a doctor who graduated from the New England Female Medical College, cared for black troops serving in the Union Army.

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Examples of resources in which to begin searching:

Encyclopedias / Dictionaries

These types of resources can be great sources of concise background material on a topic, biographical information about individuals, etc.

FYI--Check out the reference lists at the end of encyclopedia articles.  Some of those sources may be worth tracking down!


Credo Reference

 

Other Reference Resources to Try:

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Oxford Reference Online
Britannica Online

 


Books & eBooks

CLICsearch

Project Muse

 

To find books to request through Interlibrary Loan, Worldcat


Articles

JSTOR

 

Academic Search Premier

 

Project Muse

Examples of resources linked under the Primary Sources link in which to begin searching:

Online

CLICsearch

  • Sample searches:
    • Use the Advanced Search so you can select the "Subject" field in which to search
    • Use an official Subject such as: 
      • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
      • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    • Add other search terms in another search box to further narrow your search:
      • doctor* OR physician* OR medic* OR hospital*
      • women OR female* OR lady OR ladies
    • When the search results page appears, narrow search by:
      • Full Text Online
      • Book
      • Bethel University
  • Sample information source:

Historical New York Times

Other Websites

Print

CLICsearch

  • Sample searches:
    • Use the Advanced Search so you can select the "Subject" field in which to search
    • Use an official Subject such as: 
      • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
      • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    • Add other search terms in another search box to further narrow your search:
      • doctor* OR physician* OR medic* OR hospital*
      • women OR female* OR lady OR ladies
    • When the search results page appears, narrow search by:
      • Book
      • Bethel University
  • Sample information source:

 

WorldCat